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December 9, 2016
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Senate Viewer Protection Act Draft

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to a draft bill from Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to help safeguard consumers’ TV signals following the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"NAB greatly appreciates the leadership of Sens. Moran and Schatz and their colleagues in working to ensure that millions of viewers reliant on over-the-air TV are not disenfranchised by the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. The discussion draft today lays the groundwork to address important 'repacking' issues in next year's Congress. We look forward to working in bipartisan fashion with the Senators and their colleagues in both chambers to achieve a successful auction for broadcasters, wireless carriers and, most importantly, viewers."

This draft bill follows a staff draft put out by House Energy & Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) earlier this year.

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